How to Become a Physical Therapist

For those who have always wanted a rewarding career where you can not only make good money but also help people at the same time, a career as a physical therapist may be exactly what you need. It is important though to make sure that you are fully aware of what it takes to get into that career in order to determine whether or not this is truly something that you can and want to do.

You will be working with patients from all walks of life. Some will have problems that are a result of an illness while others may have been wounded in an accident. You will work one on one with patients in order to get them back into great health. As a physical therapist, you play a great role in whether or not someone will be able to recover and gain back some of their day to day normal lives.

As far as education goes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor's degree. Some employers would actually like to see a Masters degree in the field of physical therapy. Your college course work for these degrees will be a variety of things but there will be a lot of focus on chemistry, physics, science and biology. If you are currently in high school, it would be a wise decision to go ahead and start taking some of those classes now.


One thing that you do not want to skip out on is interpersonal skills that you have or may be lacking. Remember, you will be working with hurt and sometimes angry patients and their family members. You have to be able to see through their frustration and work with them to see the bright side of things and to work hard towards the future and their goals.

After your schooling, you will need to pass the licensure exam that is mandatory by your state (include it in your medical physical therapist resume). In order to be sure of the requirements before you get to this point, you will want to look into exactly what is required by your state. By looking into this a long while before you graduate, you will be able to be much more prepared.

While in college and even after, you want to make sure that you are giving a lot of consideration for your specialty. You may find that sports medicine piques your interest the most. Then again, pediatrics may be where your heart is. Whether it is one of those or neurology, you will be helping people regain their old lives back, one day at a time.

This is a stressful career at times and it can be demanding. If you feel it is the right employment choice for you then you want to push forward, get through the educational requirements and find yourself a steady position somewhere where your skills will be put to good use.


Gail Esparan